NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 24, 2018

by | Oct 24, 2018 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Game recaps plus the latest on Braden Holtby, Brock Boeser, Nino Niederreiter and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby opened the scoring in the first period and ended it with a dazzling overtime goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins nipped the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 in the night’s most-hyped matchup. Patric Hornqvist and Jamie Oleksiak also scored twice for the Penguins, as did Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson for the Oilers. Edmonton captain Connor McDavid added a goal and an assist.

Sidney Crosby’s dazzling overtime goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers. (Photo via NHL Images)

Mika Zibanejad matched a career high with four points and Mats Zuccarello scored twice to give the New York Rangers a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Christian Fischer tallied his first career hat trick while Darcy Kuemper made 35 saves as the Arizona Coyotes picked up their third win of the season with a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Derek Stepan also collected three assists.

David Pastrnak enjoyed a four-point performance and Tuukka Rask kicked out 38 shots in the Boston Bruins’ 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron picked up three points in this contest. Bruins defenseman Urho Vaakanainen left the game in the first period after he “took a hit to the head in front of the Sens’ net from Mark Borowiecki” and didn’t return.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 21 saves to pick up his 289th career win as his club edged the Calgary Flames 3-2. Price is tied with Patrick Roy for second on the Canadiens’ all-time wins list.

Three unanswered third-period goals powered the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators, snapping the latter’s five-game winning streak. Brent Burns had a goal and two assists for the Sharks.

The Dallas Stars snapped a three-game losing skid by doubling up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2, handing the latter their fifth straight defeat. Jason Spezza and John Klingberg each collected a goal and an assist for the Stars, who were playing without Alexander Radulov as he remains sidelined by a lower-body injury.

Brandon Saad tallied his first two goals of the season and Corey Crawford turned aside 24 shots as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Anaheim Ducks 3-1.

NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby believes his struggles last season through February and March were tied to the NHL’s changing culture and its focus on offense over physical play. Taking time to evaluate his performance helped him regain his form in the 2018 playoffs.

CBS SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers forward Michael Raffl will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury.

THE SCORE: Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau believes Nino Niederreiter has lost a bit of confidence in the early going this season but believes the winger will soon regain his scoring touch. Niederreiter usually gets off to a slow start but rounds into scoring form in November.

THE PROVINCE:  Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser is listed as day-to-day with a groin problem.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed Ben Lovejoy (lower body) and Drew Stafford (upper body) on injured reserve.

CBC.CA: Former NHL goaltender Curtis Joseph reveals he was neglected as a child in his upcoming autobiography “Cujo — The Untold Story Of My Life On And Off The Ice.”  “I had a weird life,” he writes. “Two moms, three dads and I grew up in a home full of mentally ill patients run by a crazy person. The last thing anybody expected was that I would someday make a living playing hockey.”





  1. That was not a “hit to the head” by Borowiecki, it was a flat out intentional, dirty, cowardly elbow to the face that concussed a promising rookie playing in his second game. Then Boro went to the bench and laughed about it.

    Why Chara or someone didn’t bludgeon this guy I don’t know.

  2. The score was only 3-2 but the habs dominated the flames rittich is a good young goalie the flames have! Domi was a great pickup for the habs good two way center, drouin has started to not do everything by himself and it’s paying off. I wonder if striker had the habs leading the division after 10 games lol

    • The Finn gets one more game then gets sent down.
      When he returns next year he will be ready.
      They’re playing a great system and competing hard, but it’s only 8 games in.

      • Lol have you even watched a habs game? The fin isn’t going anywhere he hasn’t been on the ice for a goal against the kid just keeps getting better, you can say only 8 games in for anyteam and the way the habs are working they aren’t going to slow down like a lot of teams are. Like striker says Montreal’s got some studs

      • Yes I have.
        I wasn’t disputing the fact that the Finn isn’t good.
        Quite the contrary in fact.
        I think he’s the steal of the draft.
        Mini Bergeron in my eyes.
        I was referring to a lot teams when I said it was only 8 games in.
        I like Claude and his system.
        I think the trade for Domi was a great move for several reasons.
        I wasn’t picking on the Habs so…
        Why so defensive?

      • I also think the kid plays one more and gets sent down.
        Just a hunch.

      • Double Minor, hard to dispute that. Lol.
        Straight from the top.
        I base my hunch only on a Benn interview.
        No link sorry.
        If I was deciding, I’d keep him around.
        He looks to have all the makings of an excellent pro.

  3. There are times Bigbear resembles certain among the Leafs and pens fans with their thin skin if and when anyone dares to criticize any aspect of THEIR team. That’s the old subjective “tell me only what I want to hear – never what I ought to hear” approach to what should be objective discussions.

    • Lol says you who gets his back up every time someone says anything about the sens! I’m not being defensive just stating the obvious, someone who watches the habs would know no way they’re sending the kid down

  4. team should be well aware about their own conference and create rivalries with every teams in their conference.